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Northumbrian Language Glossary

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Brush up on your Northumbrian with the Northumbrian Language Society’s tried and trusted glossary – you’ll be gannin’ back to taakin proper in nee time, marra!

Aad - old 
Abeun - above, beyond 
Ahad - ahold
Agabbor - making noises 
Ayont - beyond 
Bagies - turnips 
Bait - a meal 
Bale - evil 
Batten - feed well 
Bedighted - adorned, covered with 
Blee - blue 
Blent - blended 
Blethors - talk without sense 
Blin - to stop or stay 
Bollen - swollen 
Born - burn, stream 
Broon - brown 
Bumlors - bees 
Chep - man 
Chockor - full 
Chowin - chewing 
Clarts - mud 
Coneys - rabbits 
Cowps its creels - doing somersaults 
Craas - crows 
Cracket - small seat or stool 
Cree - hut or shed 
Cuddies - donkeys    
Dandor - saunter 
Donnart - fool, foolish 
Dowps - bottom, posterior, bum 
Dunchin - bumping 
Eglantine - roses 
Feckless - annoying, stupid 
Fornenst - oppsite to 
Gannin - going
Galloway - horse 
Geeson - scarce 
Gobby - boastful 
Gyep - gape, look at 
Hemmel - open-fronted animal house 
Hitchy-dabbor - hop-scotch 
Howked - picked 
Hyem - home 
Jud - bend 
Kif - good, sweet, attractive 
Lairks - larks 
Low - light 
Lowpin - leaping 
Marras - friends, mates 
Mooch - slouch 
Muckle - big 
Neet - night 
Neuks - nooks, crannies, corners
Off thi belt end - in succession    
Pittleybeds - dandelions 
Powkin - poking 
Pud - pudding 
Skiddadlin - running haphazardly 
Sleck - foul-smelling clarts 
Snitches - noses 
Slorpin - drinking 
Spotty Dick - suet pudding with currants 
Spuggies - sparrows 
Stenshin - filthy-smelling 
Stingey - mean, stingy 
Stottin - bouncing 
Stotty cyek - bread made without yeast 
Swally - a depression in the ground 
Taakin - talking 
Tetties - potatoes 
Thi bari morts - smart lasses 
Troot - trout 
Tung - tongue 
Tyek i deek - take a look at 
Tyek wor pipe time thi reek gaans oot - rest a while 
Wor - our
Yarbs - herbs 
Yarkin - big (can also mean a good hiding) 
Yarries - eggs 
Yon - that (thing over there) 
Yows - ewes 

Published in: December 2019

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